Indians attacking Argentine soldiers (gauchos from the militia)
Map of the 1833 desert campaign
Map of Campaign Operations

In 1833 Rosas initiated the Desert Campaign (1833–34), an expedition against the desert Indians.

- Yanquetruz

The Ranquels were led by the famous warrior Yanquetruz, skilled in hit and run tactics.

- Desert Campaign (1833–1834)
Indians attacking Argentine soldiers (gauchos from the militia)

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Ranquel

Indigenous tribe from the northern part of La Pampa Province, Argentina, in South America.

Indigenous tribe from the northern part of La Pampa Province, Argentina, in South America.

In 1833 Julio Argentino Roca led the Desert Campaign (1833–34), in which he attempted to eliminate the Ranquel.

Their leader at that time was Yanquetruz, and they put up a skilled defense, making good use of the desert terrain.

Portrait by Fernando García del Molino (detail)

José Félix Aldao

Argentine Dominican friar and soldier who became a General and then the undisputed Federist caudillo of Mendoza Province.

Argentine Dominican friar and soldier who became a General and then the undisputed Federist caudillo of Mendoza Province.

Portrait by Fernando García del Molino (detail)

combined with the Desert Campaign (1833–34) that Juan Manuel de Rosas, the former governor of Buenos Aires had arranged.

This column gained a partial victory over the Ranquel chief Yanquetruz in fierce fighting on 31 March and 1 April 1833.